The official website of the Anime Tamago animator incubation project has announced its 2018 anime lineup. Anime Tamago, formerly known as Anime Mirai, is an initiative by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese Ministry of Education to train young animators by funding the production of anime shorts.
This year's shorts will be screened as part of Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2018 on March 10 at the Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas theater in Tokyo. There will be a free screening for 150 audience members selected through a lottery that will be held until February 26. A promotional video and a commentary video by screening event moderators Kazuhiko Inoue and Sumi Shimamoto were also released.
Yuuto Matsubara is a 27-year-old who works in the sales department of a major toy maker, but since he's unable to follow his dreams he spends his days depressed and unmotivated. One day, after completely giving up on getting his childhood friend Ai to love him, the robot he drew when he was a child appeared before his eyes! The robot, named "Time Driver," turns the power of dreams into energy to move. Yuuto was forced into the cockpit, where a little 12-year-old version of himself was waiting! (Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode)
The "engimon" friends Haruo (a papier-mâché dog), Kin-chan (a goldfish-shaped paper balloon), Hebizou (a bamboo snake), Chief Daruma (a daruma doll), and Koume (a wooden doll) always watch over the siblings Yamato and Himi, who live in the Milky Way house in the City of the Seven Lucky Gods. One day, Himi chased after a maneki-neko (beckoning cat) that appeared out of nowhere and disappeared from the house. Although Yamato was surprised when the engimon friends suddenly started moving, he soon went to rescue Himi! Will the engimon’s lucky powers be enough to find Himi?! (Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode)
Milky Town is becoming overrun with invalids! Many animals drink the milk from Milking Company, but their ears become sharp and cat-like and they lose all motivation. Everything is part of Inventor Cat Milking's plan to take over the world! However, at that time, the cowboy tiger Ippon from the Charmy Ranch just happened to come home from his wandering travels. When Ippon realized the situation, he banded together with his friends the rats to rise up and save the city! (Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode)
Shout and Crunch are a duo that work in the garbage collecting business. One day, a 16-year-old witch named Makina comes to London in the human world so she can study how to become a wonderful bride for a year. Makina finds the two and hires them to throw away her "witch's book." Actually, Makina wants to quit being a witch so she can become a normal girl, but her magic book, which is the intermediary between her and her magic, is getting in her way! However, that book is not something that can be thrown away so easily... (Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode)